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Students Collect Canned Goods to Demonstrate Business Sustainability

For nearly three years, students in Associate Professor Adrian Gil's Business Strategy capstone course have examined "business sustainability" through an exciting service learning project.

"Business sustainability" addresses more than shareholders and firm profits - it challenges a firm to also consider critical business stakeholders as well, such as customers, employees, the communities where a firm operates and others, in order to establish a long-term relationship between them and the business.

In the courses, students imagined their class as a business and then identified their local Houston community as one of the most critical stakeholders. Students decided to help this group by holding a canned food drive in their respective semesters to address the real-world issue of hunger.

"Without profit or incentive for this particular project, students still decided to move forward and address this important issue for the sake of helping those in need in their community," Gil said.

Here are their amazing results:

  • Participants: 287
  • Cans of food collected: 1993
  • Pounds of food collected: 1730
  • Number of meals provided to the local Houston community via the Houston Food Bank: 1441

Once again, the efforts of UHD students have demonstrated their desire to work for the betterment of Houston and the surround communities.

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